Icelandic black metal enigma Óreiða streams its striking debut album, Óreiða, at Decibel magazine’s website. Now set for international release on May 13th via Harvest of Death, stream Óreiða‘s Óreiða in its entirety exclusively HERE.
Hailing from the modern black metal hotbed of Iceland, Óreiða are an enigma within a scene rife with enigmas. A nameless but by no means faceless entity, Óreiða made its/their first public recording with Demó I in 2016, which was soon released on cassette and 7″ vinyl formats at the beginning of 2017 by Harvest of Death. Ensorcelled by the entity’s monolithic trance-out black metal, Harvest of Death released in late 2017 Óreiða‘s one-track/20-minute Demó II on cassette, which was soon followed by a split 10″ with Portuguese comrades Holocausto Em Chamas the following year.
With these but all-too-fleeting glimpses into true, brilliant madness, Óreiða at last delivers its/their first full-length recording, Óreiða. Its self-titled designation is significant, as this four-song/35-minute tome serves as both Ground Zero for the Óreiða experience and also a statement of intent. With a sort of paradoxically “enlightened” primitivism, each of the album’s four icy, component screeds surges into being and locks onto near-stasis, hovering and taunting in equal measure. Deceptively, each of those four epics seems comprised of one or perhaps two riffs total; delve deeper – or deliver thyself to TOTAL IMMERSION – and discover a wealth of textural magick, subtly dynamic details in which to drown and rearrange one’s mental parameters. Likewise, the seemingly wholesale lack of vocals is both stark and stratifying; allow that immersion, that submission to drowning, and then truly hear reverse voices of the dead wafting up from the soundfield to whisper buried secrets. Through it all, a shimmering, stained-glass style of melodicism emerges (synth? more guitars? both?), simultaneously at odds with the lifelessly pulsing black metal at hand and making perfect, alternate-world sense.
Once again, Harvest of Death points the way for the future by dragging it beyond a primitive past: here lies, and arises, Óreiða‘s Óreiða. Fully arise exclusively HERE, courtesy of Decibel, North America’s only monthly metal magazine. Preorder info can be found HERE at Signal Rex‘s Bandcamp. Cover and tracklisting are as follows:
Tracklisting for Óreiða’s Óreiða